Wine Awards are a good quality indicator, showing that the wine has passed the close scrutiny of several wine experts. Below we give an overview of the major awards and their methodology:
London: International Wine Challenge (England)
The International Wine Challenge (IWC) is an annual wine competition. The International Wine Challenge (IWC) is accepted as the world’s finest and most meticulously judged wine competition. The IWC assesses every wine blind and judges each for its faithfulness to variety, region and vintage. Every wine is assessed independently of its price. Value for money awards are made only after the wine has been judged for quality.
Decanter World Wine Awards (International)
Founded in 2004, the Decanter World Wine Awards has gained a reputation as one of the world’s most respected and influential wine competition. An expert panel of tasters from around the world judge wines on a regional basis reflecting variety, style and retail price. The Awards are one of the most important competitions in the UK wine trade, the other main one being the International Wine Challenge.
Melbourne: Annual Federal Square Wine Showcase (Australia)
Whether you're a wine buff or enjoy discovering new wines you can taste some of Victoria's finest drops at Federation Square. Every month the Wine Showcase features a different Victorian wine region. Rub shoulders with the winemakers, enjoy the latest offerings from their cellar door and help judge the "People's Choice" for best wines.
Effervescents du Monde (France)
An annual competition to find and rate the best sparkling wines in the world. Since its creation, the ambition of Effervescents du Monde has been to promote and enhance the quality of sparkling wines from all over the world by annually awarding medals that are reliable and thus representative of quality.
Challenge International du Vin (France)
This highly-professional event brings together 1,000 experienced judges for blind tastings of over 5,000 wines from around fourty countries. The tasters comprise of professional oenologists, cellar-men, growers and wine-waiters but also ‘enlightened amateurs’; these represent the tastes and expectations of the consumers who select the prize-winning wines each year.
International Sweet Wine Challenge (Australia)
The ISWC is held annually by the Riverina Winemakers Association and is open to any non-fortified sweet wine. To be eligible for the Challenge a sweet wine must be commercially available in the country of origin.
Cowra Wine Show (Australia)
The Cowra Wine Show now in its 27th year is one of the largest national wine shows held in Australia, every year attracting top class judges from Australia and overseas. In addition the Cowra Wine Show attracts many enthusiasts from across the region and beyond, eager to partake in the public tastings.
Royal Melbourne Wine Show (Australia)
Conducted by the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria, this annual award is recognised by all Australian wine-makers and producers as an important competition in which to benchmark their wine produce.